Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t
he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.
“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit
ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr
astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.
British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro
vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.
“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many
of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun
tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.
umption in 2019 is expected to grow 5.8 percent. Demand for coal is expected to hit 3.95 billion
tons, with the power sector still playing a significant role in the consumption of coal.
Consumption of oil is predicted to reach 620 million tons, up 1.6 percent year-on-year, while
the growth rate for natural gas consumption is expected to slow, with an annual consumption of 310 billi
on cubic meters in 2019, up 10.4 percent year-on-year, it said.The 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Ex
hibition (Expo 2019 Beijing) opens to visitors Monday, and will showcase a wide variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables and
herbs from across the world, including more than 300 rare and endangered plant species.
Nearly 20,000 volunteers across media, translation and giving directio
ns will work at the 162-day event, running April 29 – Oct 7. Click to watch their greetings in s
even languages: Chinese, English, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.